Revelstoke bus fare increases proposed

The City of Revelstoke is proposing upping transit fares in Revelstoke from $1.50 per ride for adults to $2.

The City of Revelstoke is proposing upping transit fares in Revelstoke from $1.50 per ride for adults to $2.

Earlier this year, the City of Revelstoke asked BC Transit to review bus fares in the city.

The current fare structure has remained the same since 1998, says the new report from BC Transit. The report said fees in Revelstoke are “well below” the average for similar communities in B.C.

The system brought in $28,368 from fares in the 2010/11 fiscal year, which added up to 10.1 per cent of cost recovery.

Adults now pay $1.50 at the door. The city is proposing upping this to $2. A book of 10 tickets will increase from $14.25 to $18. Monthly passes will stay the same at $45.

Seniors and youth up to Grade 12 pay $1.25 at the door. The proposed increase is to $1.75. A book of 10 tickets will jump from $12 to $15.75. Monthly passes will stay the same at $37.50.

Once the system is in place, the city hopes to increase revenues from fares by 6 per cent.

The report notes the transit system is heavily subsidized.

New busses arrived in Revelstoke last week and the new bus route system is set to commence on Dec. 10.

City council was scheduled to discuss the report at their Oct. 23 meeting.